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July 2, 2019 - Volume 7, Issue 5
Internet Browsing Best Practices
   
    The internet is a powerful tool that nearly every business utilizes to both expand and streamline their processes. That does not mean that the internet is always a safe place. In order to keep yourself best protected, there are a few good practices that you should follow when using the web.

Which Browser to Use?

      While there are a plethora of internet browsers to choose from, the most common are Microsoft Edge (or Internet Explorer, depending on your Windows system), Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox. The reason these three top the charts is because one comes pre-installed on more than half of all devices and the other two are considered to be somewhat more secure and flexible choices.
      While Edge or IE function, they lack some of the filtering and protection that both Firefox and Chrome boast. If it isn't too much of a hassle, it is always suggested that you consider using Firefox or Chrome and it may even be to your benefit to have those programs pre-installed for you if you are purchasing new devices through Ridge Support. Please note that you can have all three installed at the same time and decide which one to use for any particular purpose.

Turn Off Saving Passwords

     One of the biggest security hazards are browsers storing your passwords. If someone were able to move over to your computer and use your browser, this might allow them to visit websites and login to accounts anywhere between social media sites and bank accounts.
     To do this in Chrome, simply go to Settings, select Passwords, and then turn the options to save passwords and automatically sign in. To do this in Firefox, go to Options, then select Privacy & Security before turning off the option to offer to save passwords. In Edge, select Settings, then View Advanced Settings before turning off the save form entries and the offer to save password options.
Google Chrome (Above), Microsoft Edge (right)
Mozilla Firefox (Below)
WOT (Web of Trust)

      Web of Trust (commonly known as WOT) is a browser extension for Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox that allows users to rate a site as trustworthy or not. It leaves a circle in the top right corner of the browser and labels many hyperlinks with the proper color circle, as well.
       Sites with a green link are highly rated sites that tend to be safer. Yellow sites are mixed and possibly dangerous. Red sites are typically dangerous sites intended to infect your device with some sort of virus or malware. Some sites may also appear grey, which means there are very few if any ratings and a safety level has not been assigned. This is typical of smaller sites.
     Please remember that all these items are suggestion that have helped others in the past and your mileage may vary!
 
       As always, Ridge Support is happy to help maintain your safety and assist you in implementing some best practices to achieve that safety.
Don't Forget
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___If you are engaging service or support with a software or third party vendor in which our services may be required, always make sure to give Ridge Support as much advanced notice as possible. These situations include but are not limited to:
  • Changing of an internet service provider
  • Changing phone service providers
  • Updating of websites
  • Software and hardware migrations, upgrades, and installations
  • Addition or deletion of user accounts
We ask this in an effort to be able to provide you with the steadfast and professional service that you have come to expect of us.
Ridge Support Technologies
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